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Chandran Nambiar
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Human knowledge develops and unfolds itself through a never ending dialectic process of simultaneous assimilation and negation of history. It is impossible for anybody to proceed with his intellectual quest without drawing resources from the treasures of knowledge amassed by the by-gone generations. Obviously, no genius can totally overcome the objective limitations imposed upon him by the space-time context of his life and activities. Development of human knowledge should be percieved in relation with this  objective framework of  historical evolution. Man knows today much more than he knew yesterday.  Certainly he would know infinitely more tomorrow, than what he knows today. The knowledge of yesterdays, however great they might have been, were much incomplete than that of today. Tomorrow, human knowledge would be definitely more expansive and more comprehensive than that of today. The basis of scientific perspective of knowledge lies in realizing this fundamental truth.

 

We should never forget the objective historical context of 18th century Germany, where Samuel Hahnemann  lived and developed his novel therapeutic system. Two hundred and more eventful years have passed since it happened. It is not to be seen as a sin to say that his thoughts and propositions were definitely  confined  by the  limitations imposed by the infantile level of science and technology then existed there. Even though the  the essence of the therapeutic principle he developed is capable of  transcending the boundaries of centuries to come, it would be unfair to try to evaluate his achievements and contributions detatched from  his objective time-space framework.

 

 Human knowledge  has attained an ever greater maturity of more than two centuries, compared with the conditions that existed when Hahnemann lived. It is  an undisputable fact that man now knows much more about the diverse phenomena of this universe than in the era of Hahnemann. Hahnemann had developed his ideas depending upon the existing knowledge about the universe available to him. Naturally it is bound to  bear the   limitations imposed  by the objective historical and geographical context. 

 

Obviously, modern science and its methodology were in its infancy in those days. Had he happened to live in this world 200 years later, the towering genius of Hahnemann would have presented to humanity a therapeutic system totally different, and much  more advanced and scientific than what we now call Homeopathy. He would have definitely rewritten completely what we preach and practice in the name of Homeopathy today.

 

All these facts underlines the crucial relevance of a  complete re-reading and reclaiming of the theory and practice of Homeopathy in conformity with modern scientific and historical context. Whenever we try to learn the teachings of Hahnemann,  we  should be on the look out to understand what he would have said about those subjects, if he were elaborating them in the modern context. We should not take his written words as if they were ultimates, unquestionable and beyond any scope of further revisions and improvements. We should honour the great master by following his teachings as valuable guide to tread forward, and not as lifeless dogmas.  This is the essence of dialectical methodology.

 


November 30, 2010 at 1:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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‎@Brahm Yadav: Please see Organon 6th Edition, Aphorism 11, Foot Note: "a child with small-pox or measles communicates to a near, untouched healthy child in an invisible manner (dynamically) the small-pox or measles, that is, infects it at ...a distance without anything material from the infective child going or capable of going to the one to be infected. A purely specific conceptual influence communicated to the near child small-pox or measles in the same way as the magnet communicated to the near needle the magnetic property".

 

"small-pox or measles, that is, infects it at a distance without anything material from the infective child going or capable of going to the one to be infected".

 

Dr. Yadav, I am interested to know how would you "correlate" this statement with "modern science"?

 

Instead of trying to "correlate" such absurd explanations with modern science, will it not be better to revise that statement? Is it not the better way of honoring our Master?


December 1, 2010 at 10:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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‎@ Bg Akhil Nambiar Bhms: I am not at all raising the issues such as whether or not to "stick 2 our roots", "accept the modern trends" or "cardinal principles f our system will never change n its roots r so strong". If the roots of homeopat...hy were not "strong", we would not have discussed it now, even after 200+ years since it emerged.

 

I am trying to raise the issue of explaining the "cardinal principles" in a scientific way. Hahnemann experienced a lot of limitations in explaining the "cardinal principles" due to the constraints imposed by the infantile state of scientific knowledge then available to him. We can understand it when we read "Organon" with a scientific and logical mindset. A lot of things not acceptable to modern scientific thought can be seen it, which act as stumbling blocks in our efforts to get homeopathy accepted as a higher specialized branch of medical science. I am not talking about discarding the "cardinal principles", but explaining them in a scientific language. Please do not misinterpret my propositions, doctor.


December 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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I am not "trying to correct history" or trying to "improve or correct" Hahnemann. I am talking about the relevance of discussing about a re-reading of the fundamental princi...ples of homeopathy on the basis of modern scientific knowledge. "if you think u have that much insight into homeopathy" smells some sort of unfriendliness to my work. "go ahead and improve homeopathy"! also is not in good taste. i cannot give an answer to you right now. Hope time will prove. Perhaps you may be in a better position to measure my "insight", if you carefully read my article "DIALECTICAL HOMEOPATHY".

December 1, 2010 at 10:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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I was thinking about the dilemma of a homeopathy student when coming to "Organon' class from "Pathology" class. Pathology professor teaches him that measles is caused by "rubella" virus, and the disease is transferred from person to person ......through droplet infections of those viruses. But the' organon' professor teaches him that "the small-pox or measles, that is, infects it at a distance without anything material from the infective child going or capable of going to the one to be infected"- as " a non-corporeal, spirit-like dynamic force".

 

This reminds me of a funny story of a friday school teacher(mullah), who happened to be a science teacher in primary classes. He taught his students of friday school that earth is flat. But he taught in his primary school class that earth is a globe. When students attending his both classes began to point out the contradictions, he changed his teaching in both classes as, " earth in holly book is flat, but earth in science book is a globe".


December 1, 2010 at 10:14 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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We should never forget the objective historical context of 18th century Germany, where Samuel Hahnemann lived and developed his novel therapeutic system. Two hundred and more eventful years have passed since it happened. It is not to be se...en as a sin to say that his thoughts and propositions were definitely confined by the limitations imposed by the infantile level of science and technology then existed there. Even though the the essence of the therapeutic principle he developed is capable of transcending the boundaries of centuries to come, it would be unfair to try to evaluate his achievements and contributions detached from his objective time-space framework.

 

Human knowledge has attained an ever greater maturity of more than two centuries, compared with the conditions that existed when Hahnemann lived. It is an undisputable fact that man now knows much more about the diverse phenomena of this universe than in the era of Hahnemann. Hahnemann had developed his ideas depending upon the existing knowledge about the universe available to him. Naturally it is bound to bear the limitations imposed by the objective historical and geographical context.


December 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Chandran Nambiar
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Obviously, modern science and its methodology were in its infancy in those days. Had he happened to live in this world 200 years later, the towering genius of Hahnemann would have presented to humanity a therapeutic system totally different..., and much more advanced and scientific than what we now call Homeopathy. He would have definitely rewritten completely what we preach and practice in the name of Homeopathy today.

 

All these facts underlines the crucial relevance of a complete re-reading and reclaiming of the theory and practice of Homeopathy in conformity with modern scientific and historical context. Whenever we try to learn the teachings of Hahnemann, we should be on the look out to understand what he would have said about those subjects, if he were elaborating them in the modern context. We should not take his written words as if they were ultimates, unquestionable and beyond any scope of further revisions and improvements. We should honour the great master by following his teachings as valuable guide to tread forward, and not as lifeless dogmas. This is the essence of dialectical methodology.


December 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dr Devendra
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If  Master  will arrive in this century he will rewrite Organon.

We must add or subtract  scientific views in Organon.We should not be blind followers but we must keep similia similibus curanter as our path and we must renovate the science.

December 2, 2010 at 1:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dr Devendra
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Chandran Nambiar at December 1, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I was thinking about the dilemma of a homeopathy student when coming to "Organon' class from "Pathology" class. Pathology professor teaches him that measles is caused by "rubella" virus, and the disease is transferred from person to person ......through droplet infections of those viruses. But the' organon' professor teaches him that "the small-pox or measles, that is, infects it at a distance without anything material from the infective child going or capable of going to the one to be infected"- as " a non-corporeal, spirit-like dynamic force".

 

This reminds me of a funny story of a friday school teacher(mullah), who happened to be a science teacher in primary classes. He taught his students of friday school that earth is flat. But he taught in his primary school class that earth is a globe. When students attending his both classes began to point out the contradictions, he changed his teaching in both classes as, " earth in holly book is flat, but earth in science book is a globe".


  Yes. chandran this is need of Homeopathy.We must  pull out this science from these wronge ideas of spiritual science attached to homeopathy.

December 2, 2010 at 1:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dr. Sayed Tahir Hassan
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Organon has to be re-explained with the scientific views of present era.

December 2, 2010 at 1:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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